Eighteen-year-old guilty of Grindr murder

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A teenager has been found guilty of stabbing former Chancellor George Osborne’s aide to death.

Ben Bamford, who was 17 at the time of the killing, stabbed 52-year-old Paul Jeffries, who was tax advisor to Mr Osborne.

A court heard that Bamford had cut Mr Jeffries’ throat before leaving him to die at his home in Sussex. Mr Jeffries was found lying in a large pool of his own blood.

Bamford had met Mr Jeffries through Grindr, the popular gay dating website.

Following the killing, he is said to have driven calmly to hospital for treatment to a hand wound.

The 18-year-old was said to have owed drug dealers a large sum of money. The jury heard that he had received a number of increasingly angry texts from his dealer threatening him if he did not pay up.

Drug debt

Bamford had gone to Mr Jefferies home to ask him for cash so he could pay off his debt, which is understood to have been in the region of £400.

However, after a heated argument, the teenager grabbed a knife from the kitchen of the remote cottage before stabbing Mr Jeffries dozens of times. Even then, he did not stop his attack, but went on to beat him around the head.

Concerned workmates raised the alarm when Mr Jefferies failed to show up for work for two days.

He was found lying in a pool of blood with a tea towel placed over his head.

A jury at Lewes Crown Court had been shown shocking images of the crime scene during the court case. There was blood soaked through a bed as well as across the kitchen and up the stairs.

Bamford has now been told he is facing life imprisonment after being found guilty of the murder.

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